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The Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons concluded on October 4 and heralded the beginning of a year-long celebration of the American College of Surgeons Centennial. Special program sessions, exhibits, and commemorative items paid tribute to the 100-year commitment of the College and its Fellows to improving the care of the surgical patient. A major interactive timeline exhibit was on display marking milestones in surgery and the College's history. "A History of the College," written by David Nahrwold, MD, FACS, and Peter Kernahan, MD, PhD, FACS was distributed to each attendee along with a commemorative publication showcasing the breadth of the specialty, and each attendee received a collectible centennial coin. The Centennial celebration will continue throughout the year culminating at the 2013 Clinical Congress. The Centennial theme was carried through the Commission on Cancer (CoC) sessions with a special focus celebrating 100 years of collaboration between the College and the American Cancer Society (ACS) to improve the lives of cancer patients. Highlights from the CoC events were:

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CoC News
CoC Annual Meetings Recap

The Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons concluded on October 4 and heralded the beginning of a year-long celebration of the American College of Surgeons Centennial. Read More

CoC Recognizes Outgoing Members and Leaders

The CoC recognizes the following departing members for their distinguished contributions to the work of the Commission: Read More

CoC Announces New Members and Leaders

The CoC is pleased to welcome the following individuals who were appointed to membership and leadership positions at the... Read More

NQF Re-Endorses CoC Quality of Care Measures

In an October 23, 2012 release, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed 16 quality cancer measures, six of which are measures supported by the American College of Surgeons (ACS)... Read More

Accreditation Program
Now Available! Essential Program Resources to Support the CoC Standards

A new CoC web page has been developed which brings together all of the resources to support the Cancer Program Standards 2012, Version 1.1: Ensuring Patient Centered Care. Read More

New Survey Application Record (SAR) Availability

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, the new SAR became accessible through the CoC Datalinks website at The SAR is used... Read More

CAnswer Forum - Improving the Search Function

A number of users have expressed their concern with the search function of the CAnswer Forum. They state that when you do a word search it brings up too many questions... Read More

Cancer Program Standards 2012 –Best Practices Repository-What’s New in October?

This month we will introduce a link to a best practice for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) programs only. The Department of Veterans Affair (VA) staff from a variety of disciplines... Read More

NewsCLiPs: News for Cancer Liaison Physicians
Cancer Liaison Breakfast Webcast Posted

The Cancer Liaison Breakfast webcast is now posted on the CoC home page and on the Cancer Liaison Physician Information Board. Read More

State Chair Outstanding Performance Award Winners

Each year the CoC Committee on Cancer Liaison bestows Outstanding Performance Awards to State Chairs who have exhibited outstanding leadership and innovation... Read More

Cancer Liaison Physician Educational Webinar

As a requirement stated in the new Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) Standard 4.3, the CLP is required to complete the CLP Orientation within three months of initial appointment... Read More

Process for Appointing or Reappointing Your Cancer Liaison Physician

It’s that time of year again! In December, the Cancer Liaison Program staff will send a notification to those facilities whose Cancer Liaison Physicians (CLPs) term expires... Read More

National Cancer Data Base
RQRS: Viewing Yearly and Quarterly Performance Rates

Many users are accustomed to the iconic dashboards found on the home screen of the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS). The year-to-date performance rates... Read More

New NCDB Data Completeness Report Posted

The new NCDB Completeness Report presents data item completeness information for cases diagnosed in 2010 with follow-up item completeness for cases diagnosed in 2005... Read More

Educational Activities
Are You Caught Up On The Latest New Standards Education?

Stay up-to-date on the latest CoC standards education and view one of the 13 webinars on the CoC Online Education Portal. These webinars were created to support... Read More

SAVE THE DATE for Survey Savvy 2013!

The next Survey Savvy will be June 26-28, 2013 in Chicago, IL. There will be an optional Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) Workshop on June 26, held at College Headquarters. Read More

News from CoC Partners

The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) welcomes applications for the position of editor-in-chief of the eighth edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual... Read More


The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in conjunction with the National Consortium of Breast Centers, will host a dynamic two-day course... Read More


The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) offers a variety of educational programs to assist cancer registrars in crafting successful careers. Whether just beginning... Read More

Monthly Spotlight
Monthly Spotlight: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Originally organized as the Academy of Hospice Physicians in 1988, the Academy began with 250 charter members and has grown to more than 4,900 members today. Read More

News of Interest
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout Urges Smokers to Make a Plan to Quit

The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on November 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit... Read More

Register for ASCO’s Quality Care Symposium

ASCO’s Quality Care Symposium (November 30 - December 1, 2012 in San Diego, CA) will bring together top leaders in the field to share strategies and methods for... Read More

Surgical Investigators Meeting Planned at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Please plan to attend the surgical investigators meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, Conference Room 13-14. Read More

ACOA Oncology Update Scheduled for April 2013 in Las Vegas

For the first time, the American College of Oncology Administrators’ (ACOA) 2013 Oncology Update, April 10-12, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV, will provide an expanded educational experience... Read More


The Lance Armstrong Foundation recently partnered with SmartBrief, an online media publishing company, to create and offer the LIVESTRONG® SmartBrief. Read More

October 31, 2012
Upcoming Programs
Current On-Demand Webinars
NEW! Cancer Programs Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Standard 3.1 Patient Navigation Process

Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Chapter 1: Focus on Roles and Responsibilities of the Cancer Committee

Eligibility Requirements: The Cancer Committee's Role in Evaluation and Reporting

2012 and Beyond: The Survey Process

Studies of Quality and Quality Improvements

Quality of Patient Care: New CoC Standards

Important Accreditation Facts: New Program Categories, Accreditation Awards, and the OAA

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Survivorship Care Plans

Assuring a High-Quality Registry to Support Patient-Centered Care

Cancer Program Standards 2012 Continuum of Care Services: Focus on Psychosocial Distress Screening, Tools and Resources

Cancer Program Standards 2012: Clinical Services: Focus on Palliative Care Services

Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Cancer Protocols: Where Weve Been and Where Were Going

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